Aide to Hancock quits Whitehall for music comms gig

Written by Matthew Chapman on 28 July 2017 in News

Jonathan Badyal has worked under both Matt Hancock and Ed Vaizey

Digital and culture minister Matt Hancock's special adviser Jonathan Badyal has joined music publishing giant Universal Music UK as head of communications.

Badyal has spent five years advising ministers in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Before Hancock got the job, he advised his predecessor Ed Vaizey.

He has also acted as a weekend press officer for the Conservatives, a late duty press officer during the Tories’ successful 2015 general election campaign, and an external consultant for the British Chambers of Commerce.

In the new job, he will report into Universal Music UK’s executive vice president Selina Webb and will be responsible for both internal and external communications.

Webb said: "Jonathan is knowledgeable and well connected across every facet of British culture, from film to fine art, which complements Universal’s view of a music-based entertainment company. Of course, he has long been a champion of British music, especially British urban music."

Trafalgar Strategy founder Giles Kenningham, David Cameron’s former head of political press and the director of comms for the 2015 general election campaign, said that Badyal would be missed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the wider Tory machine.

Kenningham, a former boss of Badyal during his time at CCHQ press office, told PAN: "Jonathan's hugely respected within the arts and digital sector and has a contacts book which is second to none so it's no surprise he's been snapped up.

"He's also one of the hardest working and most talented special advisers in Whitehall so it will be a big blow to the government."

Universal Music UK's labels include Capitol, Decca, Island, Polydor and Virgin EMI, as well as the sync, brand partnership and TV production division Globe, live entertainment division U-Live and world famous recording studios, Abbey Road.

Share this page